Format: Trade Paperback (signed)
Published: February 7, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating: 4.5/5
Summary (from chapters.ca):
Gemma can't believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma's heartbroken.
Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max's friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can't help thinking that Max likes her back - it's just too bad he's already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend's boyfriend?
I don't normally add in any extra's like book trailers or soundtracks but I just couldn't help myself this time. Driving to work on Monday, the Taylor Swift song 'You Belong With Me' came on the radio and I couldn't help but think how amazingly well it fit with the book!! So, for your viewing pleasure, here is the video...
**NOTE: A copy of this book was provided by the author. However, no compensations were made and this review reflects my honest thoughts and feelings.**
This was the first book of Jennifer Echol's that I read and WOW, what an amazing introduction to her writing style!
The One That I Want is told from Gemma's perspective. Gemma is an only child of divorced millionaires and has spent much of her childhood hiding behind food. When her so-called best friend persuades her into trying out for the Majorettes, her life seems to turn a corner and the important things in life become that much clearer.
I fell in love with the character of Gemma. Not only is she someone who has had struggles in her life - from weight, to boys, to social standing - she finds herself fighting with her best friend for the affection of one particular boy. In all of this, she handles herself with grace and dignity and in the end becomes the perfect role model for teen girls. I want to applaud Jennifer Echol's for creating such a wonderful character for young girls... someone they can read about and realize that you don't have to be 'Top Dog' in school to survive (and more importantly, have fun).
The supporting cast in The One That I Want were also very well developed. While I could not stand Addison, Gemma's BFF, and found myself wanting to slap her through the pages, I appreciated what she added to the story. The dynamic between Gemma and Addison being mirrored in Max and Carter's relationship brought home the point that there are people in your life that make you a better person and there are people in your life that don't. In the end, my favourite character, aside from Gemma, had to be Max. His humor and his kindness really worked with the storyline and I thoroughly enjoyed all of his scenes.
Jennifer Echol's writing style is perfect for the genre is which she has chosen to write. A fun, free-flowing storyline mixed in with the troubles of teen life adds the perfect balance for everyone.
Overall, a new fan has been created. Before I even finished reading, I was online ordering up more of Jennifer's books.